Success in today's age of medicine starts with primary prevention. Within the current health care climate, it is impossible to practice without devoting attention to the surrounding community. Through many affiliations with partner organizations, UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program readily fulfills its responsibility to the community.
Student Health Experience
Pre-pandemic, residents participated in office hours at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Student Health Center on a rotating basis as their schedule allowed, with direct supervision from a family medicine physician. During the pandemic, residents helped staff COVID vaccination clinics held at the Student Health Center which provided a great service to their community. Post-pandemic in 2023, we have resumed our pre-pandemic status of office hours and sports medicine clinic participation at CMU. There, residents care for acute and chronic medical and sports-related issues in the college patient. When CMU students need inpatient care, our FHC team at UPMC Shadyside cares for them.
Through our Sports Medicine Department, opportunities exist to provide medical coverage at the collegiate and high school athletic events with a sports medicine faculty member or fellow.
Japanese Community Outreach Experience
This is a community outreach activity that provides education for Japanese people in Pittsburgh. This is also intended for those individuals who are not familiar with the health system in the United States. We present healthcare-related topics in Japanese by incorporating the concepts commonly shared by Japanese people. Residents who are interested in Japanese culture are welcome to participate in these activities such as conducting medical English classes.
Resident Teaching Experiences
UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residents provide education to both undergraduate and medical students in a variety of settings. Residents help to train medical students from various medical schools in both the inpatient and outpatient settings during their Family Medicine Clerkships and Acting Internships. Those schools routinely include: the University of Pittsburgh and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Other opportunities for teaching are also available if the resident has a special educational interest and can be tailored to the resident’s career goals. Opportunities that prior residents have pursued include participating in Family Medicine clerkship skills sessions, presenting didactic sessions for medical students, and involvement with medical student pre-clinical courses.